The Honorable Barack Obama”
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W
Washington DC, 20500
January 31, 2010
Dear Mr. President,
We, the Undersigned people from Darfur, along with our fellow Sudanese brothers and
sisters and American activists working in solidarity, would like to thank you and the
people of America for your voiced commitment and action to stop the ongoing genocide
in Darfur in an effort to bring about needed change for all of Sudan. During the election
campaign, you insisted that the “Darfur problem is a stain on our souls and we need to
stop it.” We are still counting on you and your leadership to act on this statement. A year
has passed since this initial statement, but little has changed in Darfur. Despite news
reports that consider the situation in Darfur improving, Sudanese airplane attacks,
Janjaweed raids on Darfuri civilians, and fighting between rebel and government forces
has continued leading up to the Doha, Qatar talks scheduled for later this month, the
April 2010 elections, and the 2011 South Sudan referendum decision.
Mr. President, Our gravest concerns are the followings:
1. Your administration is currently supporting superficial Doha peace negotiations that
lack Darfuri representation. NCP representatives that support the current regime are
replacing Darfuri victims’ representation at the negotiations. The major faction groups
within Darfur, as well as NGOs from the region, also lack representation. The Doha
Forum is thus fully dominated by NCP, the Arab League, and the African Union, not to
mention that Qatar itself is partial to the regime. Darfuri’s simple demand, “give justice a
chance first,” will continue to be left unanswered in Qatar. No concrete or lasting peace
can be achieved in such conditions, reinforced by the fact that indicted war criminals
Ahmad Horoun and Salih Kusheeb remain at large. Peace cannot be formulated without
this important restoration of justice.
2. The undemocratic election process in Sudan is allowing indicted Al-Bashir and his
NCP party to run for presidency in April 2010. In the months leading up to the election,
the NCP government has forced protesting Darfuris to register for the election (people of
Darfur stated clearly that they will never accept or register for unfair elections that do not
respect their right to restore justice, peace, and democracy) and have further arrested,
beaten, and killed individuals that have voiced public opposition or have demonstrated
for free and fair elections. Without taking action regarding this gross violation of human
rights and failing to enforce the ICC indictments, the U.S. is sending a strong political
and moral message to both Sudan and the rest of the world that a government indicted for
crimes against humanity is a legitimate, justified administration of a modern day country.
Al-Bashir must be rightfully arrested and charged for his crimes against humanity and
prevented from using intimidation tactics and fraudulent methods to win the April 2010
3. Since 2007, the implementation of special resolution UNSC 1769 that would send a
powerful and robust force of western peacekeepers to Darfur has not been fulfilled. We
ask that the full mandate of this resolution be implemented.
4. On January 21, Al-Bashir government has revoked the licenses of 26 humanitarian
organizations working in Darfur, accusing them of “breaking the law” without any
further specification. Furthermore, the government sent warnings to other 13 charitable
organizations, that they must comply with the country’s laws through 30 days or face the
same consequences. This action follows his previous expulsion of 13 NGOs in March
2009 following the announcement of his indictment. Little (if any) help is left for
Darfuris as Al-Bashir continues expelling NGOs and harassing peacekeepers and
poisoning Darfuri water resources. We thus urge you to implement the following: form
an international committee co-directed by the US & the UN to stop expulsion of NGOs
from the region (and return those that have been expelled), and free all Darfuri and
Sudanese detainees and grant them free and fair trials.
5. We need to see a clear and well-defined US policy towards Sudan and its current
government. Since The Secretary of States, Ms. Hillary Clinton, Ambassador Susan Rice
and General Scott Gration announced your administration’s policy towards Sudan last
year, we have never witnessed a palpable implementation or effective execution of these
policies towards Darfur.
6. The Janjaweed and their families that have resettled on land that belongs to the people
of Darfur must be removed immediately. After this initial evacuation, subsequent
protection and compensation should be granted to Darfuris planning on returning to this
land where their villages once existed.
7. Mr. President, The best solution for Sudan is to be united as one country, with respect
to the CPA agreement that gives South Sudan rights for self-determination and a vote to
secede under the 2011 referendum. It is imperative to realize that the South’s desire to
secede arises from a foundation of complaints similar to the people of Darfur: unfair (and
lack of) adequate representation in the Sudanese government, infringements on basic
human rights at the will of the regime, and continual violence and destruction of their
homeland. We can thus use the situation in South Sudan as a form of political leverage to
restore justice, peace, and democracy for all of Sudan and thus create a harmonious,
Finally, Mr. President, we want to reiterate that we fully understand the difficult
challenges facing all of our nations at this critical time in history. However, this is not an
excuse to distract us from restoring justice for the people in Darfur. We want to remind
you of the commitment you made when the whole world was watching: “Darfur will be
my priority when I take office”. Mr. President Obama, we urge you to live up to your
You are not only the leader of America, but you are the leader of the world as the face of
America. Please do not let us, the citizens of America, the people of Sudan, and the
citizens of the world, down.
1- Ms. Janette Lane Bradbury,
10817 Kling Street Toluka Lake,
2- Mr. Mohamed A. Yahya,
Founder / Executive Director,
Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy
Falls Church –VA
3- Ms. Mastora Bakheit,
Director, Darfur Women for Peace and Development,
4-Ms. Munira Mohamed,
Director, Miram Dar organization
5-Mr. Andrew Eiva,
Director, Freedom 4 Sudan.
6-Ms. Supriya A.Desai,
Darfur Activist, New Jersey,
7-Mr. Daowd Salih,
President, Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy.
8- Dr. Adam Gaiser,
Professor of religions Studies and Islamic research,
University of Florida State.
9-Ms. Fatma Haroun,
Darfur Alert Coalition
10-Ms. Lillian Riziq, President & CEO,
South Sudanese Women’s Empowerment Network-SSWEN, Inc
1918 W Van Buren St. Phoenix- AZ., Tel-602-410-8205
11- Mr. John Nassar, President,
12- Ms. Judith Dierkes,
4524 Flamingo Road, Memphis, TN 38117
Tel- 901-761-7383, firstname.lastname@example.org.
13- Ms. Katie Scott, Director of Community Programming,
Stop Genocide Now. California.
14- Ms. Tragi Mustafa, Darfuri Activist,
15- Ms. Nell Okie, Darfur Activist,
Connecticut Coalition to Save Darfur.
16- Dr. Howard Chudler, Darfur Activist,
17- Mr. Bakheit A. Shata,
Founder/ Executive Director,
Darfur Community Organization
1117 N 48 St. # 19 Omaha, NE 68132
Tel- 402-934-2617. www.darfur Community.org
18- Dr. Jerry Ehrlich
19- Mr. Yahya Osman, President,
Darfur Rehabilitation Project,
20- Mr. Gafar O. Kangam,
Director of Public Relations.
Voices for Sudan, Virginia.
21- Mr. Ablelkarim Bacher,
Darfuri Activist, San Francisco- CA.
22- Mr. Abdulrahman Siddig Abdulla,
Darfuri Activist, Europe.
23- Mr. Garelnabi Abu Sikin,
Out Reach Director,
Darfur Human Rights Organization,
24- Mr. Hayder Abdalla,
Darfuri Activist, Charlottesville, VA.
25- Mr. Ibrahim Tahir, President,
Beja Congress of East Sudan,
26- Mr. Noureldin Mannan, Activist,
Nubia People of North Sudan,
27- Mr. Alghali Shigifat,
Sudanese Journalist and Darfuri Activist.
28- Mr. Ibrahim Ali,
Darfuri Activist, West Virginia.
29- Dr. Abdulgabar Adam, President,
Darfur Human Rights Organization,
30-Ms. Marwa Salah,
Darfur Association, Portland Maine.
31- Mr. Mohamed Suleiman,
San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition,
San Francisco, CA.
32. Jerry Fenning, Darfur Activist
33- Ms. Niemat Ahmadai, Darfuri Liason
Officer, Save Darfur Coalition,
34- Dr. Charles Jacob, President,
American Anti-slavery Group,
35- Mr. Gabriel Stauring, Director,
Stop Genocide Now.
36- Mr. Seddik Abdulgabar, President,
Western Sudan Aid Relief, USA, Inc.
37-Mr. Abdalla Hamid, Engineer,
38- Mr. Mohamad Mohamad,
39- Ms. Julia A. Hays, Founder/ Director,
Keokuk for Darfur- Keokuk, IA.
40- Mr. Khalid Graise, Director,
Nubian project of North Sudan- VA.
41 - Jeffrey Imm, Founder
Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.)